Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tagged! The World Book Blog Tour

  The World Book Blog Tour is an invitation to share not only an author’s work but also the work of other authors/writers. Then the idea is to pass it on in hopes of authors reaching authors and readers across the globe. Thanks to all of you who jumped on board to participate in the fun!

Super huge thanks to Chess Desalls for this amazing chance to pay it forward by tagging me for this tour. I met Chess because she is one of those mysterious folks who understands how to use Twitter and decided (for reasons only she knows) to follow me. As it turns out, she's not just a really nice person, but also a great author. Chess is the author of Travel Glasses, Book #1 in her YA series, The Call to Search Everywhen. Travel Glasses is a unique time travel tale that I am currently engrossed in. Expect a review in the near future. You can see her answers to the following questions on her blog, which is here. Follow her on Twitter @ChessDesalls or on Facebook.

These are the question posed by the World Book Blog Tour:
What am I working on?
   At the moment, I am working on the second book in an overly ambitious fantasy series. The series, which is as of yet unnamed, revolves around a fictional Midwestern town called Blackbird, which would be a forgettable blip on a map if it wasn't for the supernatural creatures it seems to attract. The only thing standing between Blackbird and Chaos is a handful of agents who maintain Order. The series will be a bit dark and delve into many different mythologies, but there will be loads of humor to balance it out. I am hoping to publish the first book in November or December.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
   Mainly by not wanting to conform to a genre.
   So far, I've attempted to put a different spin on everything I've published. My series, The Eyes of The Sun, takes the vampire mythologies and reworks them into a plausible tale of genetic manipulation. I've given a similar treatment to Zombies in my novella, Going Green.
   For Kind of Like Life, I didn't have a clue what genre it was going to be. Yes, there is a scientific element, but the character's love of fantasy is what drives the story. This one is more of a what-if style that I came up with after noticing certain themes that crop up all over young adult genre. I wanted an adventure, but I also wanted to touch on difficult topics such as bullying and abuse.
Why do I write what I do?
   I write what I want to read. I've been a longtime fan of science fiction, fantasy, and more recently, urban fantasy, which is a subgenre I could have used as a youngster when I had to prowl through the horror section to find anything paranormal at all. I wanted to add my spin on these wonderful genres. I also enjoy a challenge. Some of my ideas started with a single phase or even a word. I am forever amazed at where my brain takes me.
How does my writing process work?
   Typically an idea occurs to me at the least opportune time, like when I'm in the shower or falling asleep. If the idea is solid enough, I write it down and then write a first chapter. If the chapter goes well, I might just keep writing until I run out of things to say. If not, I go back and come up with an outline. Either way, the finished product is usually so very different from the original idea that I hold on to the original thought in hopes that one day I might attempt it again.
   I am also a slow writer. I am easily distracted and getting into the zone is a pipe dream. I usually write anywhere from 1000 to 3000 words in a day, but there are many days where I write nothing at all. When the first draft is done, I read it, find many plot holes and meandering text that needs to come back. Once it begins to look like a book, I give it to a select few, who pick it apart and help catch my many typos.

**Next stop on the World Book Blog Tour?**
Kara Jorgensen Kara is the author of the historical science fiction/ steampunk novel, The Earl of Brass, book one of her series The Ingenious Mechanical Devices, which is amazing and a must read. Be on the lookout for a review in an upcoming installment of Write On! The second book, The Winter Garden, will be out next year. Kara is on Facebook and her blog can be found here.
Earl Chinnici Earl is the author of Maybe You Should Move Those Away From You, a self-help book about quitting smoking from his own personal perspective. Trust me, this is a subject that I know from experience is not easy! Earl has a blog on his website and is on Facebook.
Doug Schwartz Doug's most recent work is a collection of short stories titled Pickled Bananas and other Schwartz Stories. He is currently working on a sequel to Checkered Scissors that I can not wait to read. Doug is also the creator of the 20 Questions Author Interview which is another fantastic opportunity for indie authors to get their name out there. Doug's blog is here and he is also on Facebook.

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